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Well, the Pur Pak 30 Day Challenge has come to a close.

My final day was a 4 mile power walk through the neighborhood with citrus Pur Pak.

Challenge Completed!

Challenge Completed!

What are my observations over the past 30 days?

  • I’ve increased daily amount of protein intake – which is great, I’ve been trying to do this and the smoothies made it so easy
  • I snacked less after having the Pur Pak smoothies
  • My weight did not go down (although this is NOT why I did this challenge)
  • In fact, it went up just  a couple pounds…. BUT
  • My muscle mass has increased – which feels great (my legs are starting to get firmer and have more definition – woo hoo!)
  • My energy has increased – I’ve noticed less energy crashes (that was a huge reason why I took on this challenge)
  • I have been pretty darn healthy (this was HUGE for me – especially with a two year old bringing home every germ out there).  I have NOT *knock on wood* had any of the summer colds that so many co-workers have!
  • Overall I am glad I tried the product.  The health / non-sickness is reason enough to believe in the product.  I know cross training helps keep athletes healthy – but I felt healthier than ever with these vitamins.

 

Thank you, Pur Pak!

The official beginning of marathon training (again). I signed up for this year’s Long Beach Marathon (full) which is October 13, 2013. My training plan kicked off this weekend – and it was a 6 mile run. I put on my power shoes (something about the black and pink make me unstoppable), my hydration belt (with tangy berry Pur Pak) and hit the pavement.

Berry Good Run!

Berry Good Run!

After the run was family time in the park and a couple of long walks through the neighborhood.

Day 28: Going GREEN!

Day 28: SUPER GREEN Day!

I had a tough night – terrible sleep, headache, the Little Guy woke up here and there….I really wanted to skip my spinning session but I always feel better after the fact. Plus, the morning instructor’s music is straight out of my music list…so I feel I needed to shake my backside out the door.

So glad I did! It was tough – but great. After I got home I made myself my first Pur Pak Super Green smoothie

Going Green!

Going Green!

Super Green – Super Saturday Smoothie

1 packet Pur Pak Super Green
1 cup nonfat plain greek yogurt
1/2 cup nonfat milk
1 large apple

Now off to the Santa Monica Pier for some family time. I hope the smoothie can keep up with our busy day!

Day 27: FRIDAY! It’s FRIDAY!

Today started with a bang – and kept going strong! Breakfast was a Tangy Berry pur pak smoothie – kept me quite happy, content!

Day 27:  Double the fun!

Day 27: Double the fun!

My smoothie kept me going all morning.
1 packet Pur Pak Tangy Berry
1 cup nonfat plain greek yogurt
1/2 cup nonfat milk
1 cup mixed berries

I was able to get in a lunchtime swim. Then, I must have been crazy – I decided to get in a six mile run at the gym after work. I felt good and fueled correctly all day – hopefully I’ll sleep well tonight. (I can only hope our two-year old sleeps as soundly!)

Day 26: This day comes the day after my birthday. Did I put a slice of chocolate cake with buttercream frosting and raspberry filling in the blender to make a phenomenal (yet terrible) smoothie? No – I did not. (Although I DID think about it…..)

This past week has been a busy one – filled with missed workouts (working late), early bedtimes (way tired), birthday cake and a little wine. I’m hoping we are on the “downs-slope” of the week and I can get back on track.

In the meantime, I made a Pur Pak Tangy Berry smoothie – with unsweetened cocoa powder (still not quite the same as chocolate birthday cake with raspberry filling….). BUT – a good, filling way to start my day, just the same!

Day 26:  Cocoa Berry Goodness!

Day 26: Cocoa Berry Goodness!

Day 26 smoothie:
1 packet Tangy Berry Pur Pak
1 cup nonfat plain greek yogurt
1/2 cup nonfat milk
3/4 cup frozen mixed berries

Tomorrow is Friday! This means time to “wind-down” and after the Little Guy goes down, catching some “Cold Case“! I’ve become addicted to this show, which runs 14 episodes each Friday. I’m a nut, I know it….but the show has grown on me and it’s a sign of the weekend. What’s not to love about that??

Days 24 and 25

Day 24 began with me forgetting my blender cup at work (d’oh!). So – I decided to drink my daily dose of Pur Pak at work, during my lunch time walk (2 miles). It’s not a long way – but certainly helps me stretch my legs and get the blood moving. We’ve been busy this week and I take those workouts when I can get them (I left late last night – so no running or swimming).

For being a busy (and brain-fried) day – I did quite well! I had the energy from start to finish.

Day 25
Day 25 is a special day since it’s my BIRTHDAY smoothie! I made a tropical smoothie to take me away (kinda like Calgon – but without all the bubbles).

Tropical Birthday Smoothie

Tropical Birthday Smoothie

Tropical Pur Pak Smoothie
1 cup nonfat plain greek yogurt
1 cup nonfat milk
1 small banana
1 container (6 ounces) kroger carb master tropical yogurt

Mmmmmmm!

Day 23: I am happy to report that at the end of the workday, I had energy to spare. So much so, that I ran 6 miles at the gym. I also walked 2 during lunch.

Day 23 breakfast: was a tropical smoothie.
1 cup nonfat plain greek yogurt
3/4 cup nonfat milk
1 banana
1 packet Citrus Pur Pak

Energy to spare!

Energy to spare!

Wow – love the energy reserves! Thanks Pur Pak!

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